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Hundred years of memories shared at Ambrose

The class of 1926 at the Ambrose State School centenary.
The class of 1926 at the Ambrose State School centenary. Luka Kauzlaric

THERE were as many cups of tea poured as there were memories of the past 100 years at the Ambrose State School centenary on Saturday.

More than 1500 people attended the celebration, which also included the closed schools of Bracewell and Raglan, with a commemorative tree planting, digging up the 75th and placing a 100th year time capsule and hand painting the school water tank.

Maree Ambrose, whose family settled the area, said it was her great grandfather who gave the land to the government for the school.

"It's been a wonderful day," she said.

Her friend Judy (nee Laws) Power agreed.

"The committee should be commended," she said. "Maree and I were best friends at school - some of us are Facebook friends, we're 'up' with technology."

Class of 1994 student Kate Power lives in Melbourne now, working as an insurance broker, but she returned with her mum who now lives in Mackay.

"I haven't been back to Ambrose in years," she said. "Mum's family is from around here, so we've represented everyone today."

Trevor Boon and Margaret Duffy went to Raglan State School in the 50s.

Trevor said it was the good old times.

"We still had to milk the cows though," he laughed.

"He (Trevor) used to get the cane all the time," Margaret said.

Grace Chadburn, grade five student at Ambrose State School, Amanda Stirling in period costume, senior teacher at Ambrose State School, Erin Stirling, 8, grade 2 at Ambrose State School.
Grace Chadburn, grade five student at Ambrose State School, Amanda Stirling in period costume, senior teacher at Ambrose State School, Erin Stirling, 8, grade 2 at Ambrose State School. Luka Kauzlaric

Flo Thorogood said her husband's family of 14 had long since spread across central Queensland.

"Only a third of the family is still here," she said. "Some are in Rocky, Bundy and Miriam Vale - they all got scattered."

Muriel Thorogood married into the next generation, she was originally from New South Wales.

"I worked here at the school for nearly 40 years as a cleaner; I retired last year," she said.

"My husband went to school here from 1955 onwards."

Husband Michael Thorogood said there was even a street named after the family.

"It's a good area to live because it's between Gladstone and Rocky," he said.

Ambrose State School teacher Amanda Stirling, who got about in period costume on the day, said as a child she went to the Raglan and Bracewell schools.

"I've gone full circle working around the state and now I'm back at Ambrose," she said. "I've been teaching since the beginning of the year."

Ambrose State School principal Damien Hoare, who emceed the event, said he had enjoyed watching everyone have a great day.

"To see everyone here - I've heard great stories and reports," he said.

Ambrose P&C president Helen Creed said she'd had a fantastic day.

"We had a great team of volunteers," she said.

"It was bigger than we expected, but we had nothing to gauge how many people were going to come - everyone's had a wonderful day.

"There's been a lot of chatting and a lot of cuppas."

Topics:  ambrose centenary education



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